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Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma
Ranked #119 of 395 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 April 2013

Due to booking a last minute trip to Kyoto in the middle of sakura season, there were hardly any hotel choices at all, so I decided to stay in this Toyoko Inn. Whichever hotel in the chain you're staying at, the rooms are very similar. It's a reliable budget hotel chain. The rooms are cramped but well planned, as expected l for Japanese business hotels in this price category.

The hotel seemed to be very full at the time, with more tourists than business travellers. Still, the staff managed to deal with this very efficiently and were always very polite.

The complimentary self-serve breakfast in the lobby was Japanese style (onigiri, miso soup, tsukemono, salad, coffee/tea), quite decent actually.

A few things that set this hotel apart from other Toyoko Inn:
Better location than the average Toyoko Inn - centrally located in the downtown area, very close to Shijo-Karasuma station. Free wifi available throughout the hotel - not the case in all Toyoko Inn (and certainly not Japanese hotels in general). Also, the single room had a proper closet, instead of just a few hangers on the wall.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on a higher floor to avoid noise from street level.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank arevan_1
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I stayed at this branch of Toyoko Inn in Kyoto for 4 nights, along with it's sister branches in Osaka and Tokyo on my month long trip to Japan this spring.
Toyoko Inn not only has branches at the best locations in Japan but also offers affordable rates for its basic but comfortable rooms, and splendid amenities. The service provided by the hotel staff of all Toyoko Inn branches is simply excellent; they are courteous and helpful and always go the extra mile to make sure that all guests are tended to in the most efficient manner.
Wifi is free and available throughout the hotel and guests can do the own laundry at any time they wish. There is even an ice machine in the lobby.
I am now a member of this chain and will definitely be a repeat customer on many trips to come.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank Mimi K
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Reviewed 14 February 2013 via mobile

The hotel is great, the room is comfortable and clean.
The attention is great also, they speak english so is easy to ask questions in a city that nobody speaks english.
Just a few blocks from the market and the geisha district. Besides the subway station.

1  Thank dieguinho911
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

This hotel is part of a large chain of good, basic Japanese style hotels. the rooms are small and basic. It is close to shopping, historic sites, and transportation. In the US an inexpensive hotel can mean a rundown, poorly maintained property, but that is not the case in Japan. These hotels are clean and well maintained. The free breakfast is Japanese style

Room Tip: The higher up you go in the tower, the better the view. I was on the second floor and had a wall out...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Gopherhill
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

Toyoko inn at Shijo is great
Close to shops
Close to markets
Close to all kinds of shopping
Close to shoppings
Close to Subway
Close to buses
Friendly and helpful staf
Free internet
Free buffet Japanese Breakfast
Clean
Efficient

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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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8  Thank hkpraise
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Reviewed 15 December 2010

This is a cheap hotel in Kyoto, at 15 minutes on foot by Kyoto central Station and less then 10 minutes on foot by the city center.
Room is little but contains: one bed (less then a double bed), one desk, one bedside table and one closet, one tv. Bathroom is essential but there is everything you need.
Breakfast is free and it's a Japanese breakfast. If you like continental breakfast there is Caffè Veloce, Starbucks and a boulangerie, near there for your breakfast.
Nice stay for a cheap hotel.
In the room and in the hall there are interenet free point access and wirless, only in the hall.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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3  Thank PeopleTravelling
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Reviewed 14 August 2010

Stayed in this hotel for 4 nites last May 2009 with family. The room with attached bathroom altho small with not much space to move around were clean and well maintained. The breakfast (included in price) served in the mornings were japanese style and sufficiently good. Location of subway was about 5mins walk and was easy to walking around.

  • Stayed: May 2009
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3  Thank sm0508
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Additional Information about Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma

Address: 28 Naginataboko-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8008, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shinkyogoku Shopping District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#18 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: £49 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma 3*
Number of rooms: 223
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